Plan International African Union and Pan-Africa Program Office in Collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines Cargo & Logistics Services commemorated the sixth International Day of the Girl on 11 October 2018 by organizing a grand girl taking-over of Mr Fitsum Abadi’s Managing Director Cargo & Logistics Services position at the conference room of Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services new cargo terminal facility.


Being part of the global mass takeover where girls from across the world step into the shoes of political, social and economic leaders, the hour-long takeover took place at the headquarter of the Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics services which is the 2nd largest business unit of the Aviation Group next to the passenger service. The session is aimed at outlining corporate sector commitments to promote girls’ rights in Africa and change perception around what is possible for girls and young women as decision makers and leaders.


“All corporate organizations should provide opportunities and enable girls assume such leadership positions and contribute toward girls’ rights and empowerment”, said Fitsum Abadi, Managing Director at Ethiopian Caro & Logistics Services.


The lucky protégé, Alegneta Dawit, a 16 year old girl who started practicing her role as a Managing Director by leading the daily briefing management session at the ET Cargo & Logistics Services while uninformed group of management team were caught by surprise. “Girl empowerment is an important factor in society. We should end stereotypes regarding leadership abilities of girls. We girls need to take chances and risks”, said Alegneta Dawit on the occasion she symbolically took over the Managing Director position.


The initiative has aimed at creating opportunities for girls to symbolically assume leading roles and let them envision themselves as empowered women of the future. For Alegnta the session created an opportunity for her to receive vital tips from the Managing Director on leadership and vision personified by the encouraging words of Mr Fitsum who has advised her to “pursue similar opportunities elsewhere as well”. The takeover also aimed at creating important opportunities for girls to engage in spaces where they are traditionally not seen or heard. In addition to the symbolic effect, takeovers have the potential to generate a tangible benefit for girls through the outcomes from the live exposure of the day. “Not only did we provide you this opportunity, we hope to have you here as a leader in the near future as well”, added Fitsum. Alegnta also headed to Ethiopian Airlines Head Quarters and visited the first Aircraft of ET (72 years old), Aircraft Simulators- where pilots get training, Aviation Academy, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul services.


Mr. Samuel Norgah, Director of Plan International African Union and Liaison Office, emphasized the need for promoting and sustaining gender equality and girls’ leadership to end gender based violence. “The world is at crossroads of gender polarization and the only thoroughfare is to bring policy and practice together to challenge retrogressive social norms and patriarchy. Plan International stands with girls and young women on this journey”, he said.


Plan International operates in more than 70 countries throughout the world and 26 African nations where it works to promote child rights issues and equality for girls across the continent.


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